Gree is planning to close down its mobile social games network OpenFeint on December 14, only eighteen months after it acquired the company and service for $104 million. All player data and game information will be lost after the shutdown date, and Gree is encouraging developers to update their titles and move them on to the Gree mobile platform instead.
Gree has unveiled its "borderless" new social gaming platform, promising developers "a truly global, free-to-play ecosystem."
Japanese mobile gaming company Gree is to launch a new, global mobile gaming platform next year.The move follows Gree's acquisition of OpenFeint earlier this year in a deal worth $104 million. Inside Social Games reports that the new service will combine the best elements of Gree and OpenFeint, and aims to reach more than a billion users worldwide.
OpenFeint's Game Channel, an app that directs Android users to recommended games in its crowded Marketplace, has launched.Already available for iOS, the app promotes a free game each day, as well as offering bundles of recommended games.
Jason Citron, co-founder and CEO of mobile social network OpenFeint, has left the compay to pursue new opportunities. His replacement is Naoki Aoyagi, who joins from Gree, the Japanese mobile company which acquired OpenFeint in April. Aoyagi said: “In just over 24 months, OpenFeint has grown to over 120 million users across 7,000 games. I… Continue reading
It’s perhaps no surprise given that OpenFeint faces more competition on iOS – specifically Apple’s Game Center – but the company has added to 700 Android games some new social features that won’t reach iOS until the autumn. The new additions are aimed at increasing player engagement, and include status updates and message walls. OpenFeint’s… Continue reading
Gree, the fastest-growing technology firm in Japan, is also to invest further capital to help OpenFeint grow. Together the two firms will reach a userbase of over 100 million people and seek to “build a global ecosystem of distribution channels for game developers.”
Gaming social network OpenFeint and its recent investor The9 have revealed more details about the $100 million mobile development fund that was announced in December. The fund will be used to incentivise independent studios to develop for Android.
Gaming social network OpenFeint has announced new APIs that will offer cross-platform functionality to developers and players alike.While not enabling cross-platform multiplayer, OpenFeint Connect will mean unified leaderboards, friends lists, accounts and developer announcements across different devices.By delivering the service through APIs, OpenFeint Connect means developers can offer its features without having to use an OpenFeint client. This allows developers to rapidly expand to other platforms, the firm says.
New group purchasing system launched to social network’s 50 million users.Mobile social gaming network OpenFeint has announced a new group purchasing system.OpenFeint, which boasts 50 million users across iOS and Android and continues to grow despite Apple’s launch of Game Center, has launched Game Channel, an app which offers Groupon-style discounts for multiple purchases of games.